Welcome to St. James, Missouri! St. James was founded with the desire to preserve a spot of great natural beauty for the enjoyment of the people and that early emphasis has been continued in this beautiful Missouri community. Began in the early 1800's as a trading post, St. James has grown into a thriving community that has successfully blended quiet neighborhoods with a steadily growing diverse business and industrial base and was recently selected as the site for a Wal-Mart Distribution Center.
Strategically located on Interstate 44 and State Highways 8 and 68, the community lies 90 miles southwest of St. Louis, sixty miles south of Jefferson City, and one hundred twenty miles northeast of Springfield. The community of Rolla, located 10 miles east of St. James, is the home of the University of Missouri-Rolla, the Rolla Technical Institute and the Phelps County Regional Medical Center. The Burlington-Northern Railroad runs through St. James and the Rolla National Airport is located 13 miles from town.
Described as quaint, unique and full of history, St. James is known for its trees, its grape vineyards and is home to several award-winning wineries. Time Magazine described St. James as the most handsomely wooded town in the nation. St. James is the gateway to the Ozark Scenic Riverways and lies within a 30-minute drive of the Mark Twain National Forest and is intersected by Old Route 66. St. James is bordered by the Maramec Spring Park and the Woods Memorial Area, a 6,800 acre nature preservation area. Of St. James many fine features, the community's quality school system is at the top of the list.
A strong sense of community and great community pride combined with natural beauty, prime location and the many other unique aspects of the community do indeed make St. James a place of great natural beauty to be enjoyed by all!
|1990 City Population||3,256|
|2000 City Population||3,831|
|2010 City Population||4,216|
|1990 County Population||35,248|
|2000 County Population||39,825|
|2010 County Population||45,156|
|Labor Work Force (Phelps County)|
|Total Labor Work Force||20,876|
|Unemployment Rate Annualized||3.5%|
|Average Non-Manufacturing Wage||$11.20 HR|
|Average Manufacturing Wage||$10.75 HR|
|Age Distribution of Population (%) (2010)|
|18 - 24||9.2%|
|24 - 44||22.5%|
|45 - 64||22.3%|
|Ethnic Composition of Population (%) (2010)|
|Hispanic or Latino||1.6%|
|Asian and Pacific Islander||2.4%|
|Over 25 Years Old with HS Diploma (%)||72.3%|
|Over 25 Years Old with Bachelors or Higher (%)||13.9%|
|Income and Buying Power (Phelps County) 2000|
|Number of Households||17,564|
|Per Capita Income||$30,017|
|Median Household Income||$29,378|
|State Corporate Tax Rate on $100,000||6.25%|
|Individual Income Tax Rate on $50,000||6.00%|
|State Sales Tax Rate||4.23%|
|State Use Tax Rate||0.22%|
|Total Number of Elementary Schools||1|
|Total Elementary School Enrollment||902|
|Total Number of Middle Schools||1|
|Total Middle School Enrollment||339|
|Total Number of High Schools||1|
|Total High School Enrollment||600|
|Total Number of Schools||3|
|Total Enrollment of Schools||1,841|
|Vocational / Career Schools|
|Local Vocational School||Rolla Techncial Institute Rolla Technical Center|
|Local Property Tax|
|Real Property Tax Rate||4.13%|
|Real Property Tax Assessment Ratio||0.00%|
|Personal Property Tax Rate||0.00%|
|Personal Property Tax Assessment Ratio||0.00%|
|State Levies Expressed Per (of Assessed Valuation)||$0|
|Business & Industry|
|Transportation and Public Utilities||5.8%|
|Finance, Insurance, Real Estate||7.0%|
|St. James Municipal Utilities||Gas|
|St. James Municipal Utilities||Electric|
|St. James Municipal Utilities||Sewer|
|Daily Capacity (Gallons)||1,140,000|
|Daily Load (Gallons)||462,000|
|St. James Municipal Utilities||Water|
|Daily Capacity (Gallons)||2,000,000|
|Average Daily Consumption (Gallons)||400,000|
|Daily Peak Demand||0|
|Storage Capacity (Gallons)||800,000|
|Highway Transportation, Major Interstates and Highways
Strategically located on Interstate 44 and State Highways 8 and 68, the community lies 90 miles southwest of St. Louis, sixty miles south of Jefferson City, one hundred twenty miles northeast of Springfield and one hundred sixty miles northeast of Branson. The community of Rolla is located 10 miles east of St. James.
|Shipping and Distribution|
|Package Delivery Names||UPS, Federal Express|
|Daily Truck Service Available||Yes|
|Truck Lines||Fisher Trucking, Stevens Distributor, Deafort, Con-Way, Yellow Freight, 3-Rivers Transportation|
|Commercial Airport(s)||St. Louis International Airport|
|Distance to Nearest Commercial Airport||90|
|Drive Time to Nearest Commercial Airport||90|
|Large Aircraft Operators Serving Area|
|General Aviation Airport(s)||Rolla National|
|Distance to Nearest General Aviation Airport||14|
|Length of Longest Runway (Feet)||5,500|
|Fixed Base Operator||Unknown|
|Rail and Barge Transportation|
|Railroad Service Provided by||Burlington-Northern|
|Quality of Life|
Cultural & Recreational Amenities
St. James is the gateway to the Ozark Scenic Riverways and lies within a 30-minute drive of the Mark Twain National Forests. Old Route 66 intersects the community and the community is bordered by the Maramec Spring Park and the Woods Memorial Area, a 6,800 acre trout hatchery, campground and nature preservation area. St. James offers a fairground that includes lighted soccer and ball fields, a community center and a senior citizens' center. The community's park offers two swimming pools, a fishing lake, ball field, tennis courts, hiking trails and pavilions. The James Memorial Library features an extensive selection of reading material.
No personal property or ad valorem tax.
Up to 4 acres of land located in Industrial Park offered to employers that create 8 or more new jobs.
Tax-exempt revenue bonds available for qualified industries.
Availability of job-training programs.
Utilities connections provided at no cost to qualified industry.